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These stories portray hardships of characters who come from a variety of backgrounds, especially Native Americans and others from the Pacific Coast. With his vivid descriptions of these characters and their experiences, Williams explores their psyches and personal struggles, but common themes tie these stories together in ways that invite readers to see their own struggles and relationships in new ways.
Like Whitman listening to Kraftwerk, Michael J. Wilson’s A Child of Storm fuses the incandescent pulse of the forest with vivid projections of the life of Nikola Tesla. These currents turn together, a luminous aurora of sap, electricity, biography, and ecology in this profound collection of poems.
Towards the end of 2017, Spaceboy Books, a publisher of fine science fiction, released a book called My Shadow Book by someone named Maawaam and edited by Jordan A. Rothacker. Primarily a publisher of fiction, this addition to the Spaceboy catalog is perhaps mysteriously something more than fiction.
"According to poet, essayist, and collagist Uche Nduka, 'This splendid poet's concerns are aesthetically laid bare here—politics, love, philosophy, autobiography, homage. His commitment to his art manifests in chiseled language, brilliant imagery, varied forms, questions, affirmations, heartfelt rebellion...'"
The essence of a miscellany of diverse things is not merely to catalog a wunderkammer of everyday objects, but moreover to hold up a double mirror: one to reveal the interior lives of objects, and another to reflect the depths of their creators and owners.